On Friday November 9th, two traditional powers will meet on the hardwood on the USS Yorktown. The Ohio State Buckeyes reached the Final Four last season after finishing in a three-way tie atop the Big Ten regular season standings. Marquette advanced to the Sweet Sixteen and finished second in the 16-team Big East Conference.
Both teams have lost arguably their two top players from 2011-12, with Ohio State losing Jared Sullinger and William Buford, while Marquette's Jae Crowder and Darius Johnson-Odom departed. Nonetheless, both teams have high expectations for 2012-13. Ohio State is a top five team depending on the poll you look at, while Marquette is a fringe top 25 team.
The following article previews each team's starting lineups, so that we can better look at who has the advantage in each matchup. Either way, it should be an entertaining contest, not only because of the uniqueness of playing on an aircraft carrier, but also because it should be a close game throughout.